ST. GEORGE – Will former independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin run for public office again? According to an answer he gave on Reddit Friday, he said it is “likely” he may do so in 2018 or later.
During an “ask me anything” online chat session on Reddit, McMullin said he might consider challenging Rep. Jason Chaffetz or Sen. Orrin Hatch.
“It is possible that I will challenge Chaffetz or Senator Hatch, but there are a lot of factors that go into that decision,” McMullin said. “One of the primary factors is what the people of Utah want.”
It’s not the first time McMullin has said he may consider running against Hatch. He floated the idea last October when it was initially reported Hatch was consider running for re-election.
However, another run for public office could also be “very far down the road,” McMullin said.
“I genuinely just don’t know yet,” he said. “I’m very focused on things that I think need to be done ASAP and Mindy Finn and I, with our team at Stand Up Republic, advancing them now.”
Stand Up Republic is a described as a nonprofit conservative group focused on advancing conservative principles while also acting as a political watchdog group that will be “standing up to the (Donald) Trump administration when warranted.”
The group recently announced the launch of a television and digital ad campaign urging Congress to mount a comprehensive investigation into the president’s alleged ties to Russia.
McMullin, a former CIA agent, ran a three-month campaign against Trump in 2016. He campaigned as a conservative alternative to Trump in various states, and in Utah, he finished with 21.5 percent of the vote, making it one of the highest turnouts ever reported for a third-party presidential candidate.
While on the campaign trail McMullin was an outspoken critic of Trump. He said Trump was not a real conservative and was more of a New York-style liberal than anything.
Those criticisms have not stopped and routinely appear on McMullin’s Twitter account.
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